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Rosemary and Rue (Mass Market Paperbound)
October Daye is a changeling, half-human, half-fae and has difficulty fitting into either. She does have a talent of sniffing out the truth and after some seriously heroic deeds she was knighted by Duke Sylvester Torquill, pledging her service to him. Which is huge, as it is rarer than rare for a changeling to attain such a distinction. This job, coupled with her human job (she’s a P.I. in San Francisco) takes advantage of her talent and what little magic her fae blood gives her.
When her Duke’s wife and daughter are kidnapped, October is called up to help find them; she’s pretty sure she knows who is responsible. But before October can find the key information she needs, she is transformed into a fish by the very man suspected of the kidnapping. She remains in her pond, thinking fishy thoughts, until the curse is broken fourteen years and two days later.
Returning to a world she no longer recognizes, technologically and emotionally she rejects her fae life while her human life rejects her. Sleep walking through the days October is finally sucked back into the fae world when a friend, Countess Evening Winterrose, is brutally murdered. But just before her killers arrive, Winterrose curses October to find the men who did the deed and find justice for her or the curse will kill October.
If you are looking for a new series to invest some time into I would highly recommend this one!
I don’t know how I missed this series for so long. This first in book, Rosemary And Rue came out in 2009 (McGuire is still writing them which is great! The next installment comes out Sept. 6th, Once Broken Faith, DAW, $7.99.). This is a wonderful first book - in a matter of pages she is able to turn a hero into a conflicted/reluctant one by turning her into a fish for fourteen years. I don’t think I have read anything quite so unique in a very long time. Seriously I had large ants in my pants waiting for the second book to be shipped to the shop so I could start reading it! First world problems I know, but darn it they are mine and Rosemary And Rue is so interesting I immediately wanted to know what happens to October and the rest of her world. And could hardly wait to do so!
McGuire does a great job of blending both the fae court and the streets of San Francisco in a way that you get the flavor of both. She reminds me of Ben Aaronovich in that she gives you the main mystery of the book - the murder of Winterrose - while starting others which I am sure will be addressed later in the series. But these side mysteries do not in any way detracted from the focus of the book - this ability to balance the narrative is one which I admire and love to read when it is done well as it was in this book.
Basically when you read this review visualize me hopping up and down in excitement with a book clutched to my chest - I found a new-to-me series and I cannot wait to run the pages of it!— Amber
Once again, Amber twisted my arm (do you have any idea how hard it is to pack books with one arm behind your back? Fortunately, she chose my left one, but still) and had me read Seanan McGuire's Rosemary and Rue, and she was right. As usual. I won't go into the summary since she just reviewed it a couple weeks ago, but a quick refresher is October Daye is half fae/half human, has been knighted by her fae liege, and gets turned into a fish for fourteen years. A koi, specifically. So when she breaks free of the enchantment, her life is radically changed. A lot can happen in 14 years. And then she's cursed.
Seanan McGuire has created a beautifully unique world with people you can care about, and that's always what I look for. I was definitely pleased to see that she's not afraid of doing harm to those you care about - which makes me sound awful, I know - because it keeps you on your toes. Good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good ones, which keeps this fantastical tale grounded. And she's laid out so many possible strands in this first book that I can't wait to see where she goes with them! I anticipate a reading binge comparable to the time I first read Patricia Briggs.— Fran
New York Times-bestselling October Daye faerie series - Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire - "Top of my urban-paranormal series list " --Felicia Day
The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie's survival--but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born.
Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October "Toby" Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas...
The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.
About the Author
Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren't). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and bother of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.
"Everything you'd ever need in an urban fantasy. It's a smart story, cleanly told that allows both humor and heartbreak to take their turn on stage but, more importantly, the 'urban' and the 'fantasy' are of equal importance." —Tanya Huff, author of the Blood Books
"Rosemary and Rue is one of the most successful blends of mystery and fantasy I've ever read—like Raymond Chandler by way of Pamela Dean. Toby Daye has become one of my favorite heroines, and I can't wait to read more of her continuing adventures." —Tim Pratt, author of Dead Reign
"McGuire knows her fairy lore, bringing the wonder and the danger of the fair folk to the streets of San Francisco so vividly you can smell the rose goblins. Action, intrigue, and a dash of romance make Rosemary and Rue a fun, engaging read. An impressive first novel that leaves you impatient for the second." —Jim Hines, author of Libriomancer
"Rosemary and Rue is a fast paced ride through the streets, parks, and cliffs of San Francisco, lifting the covers to reveal that which lies unseen. An incredible mix of action, mystery, fairy, urban fantasy, and just a smidgen of romance artfully woven into a story impossible to put down.” —Sacramento Book Review